This Sharing Your Faith with Your Grandchild Prayer provides God’s guidance and help in how to naturally and effectively share your faith in God with your grandchildren.

Sharing Your Faith with Your Grandchild Prayer

Dear God, I’m feeling so many emotions about the depth of my grandchildren’s faith.  Worry. Fear. Anxiety.  Sadness.

I want to be courageous and bold when talking to my grandchildren about their faith and ways to increase their faith. I want to be a support for my grandchildren in their faith journey.

Help me with the fear of boldly declaring my faith to my grandchildren and replace it with courage.

Lord, I ask for help in determining my next steps in sharing my faith.

As stated in Psalm 71: 17, 18 “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”

Father, please give me the strength to declare my faith to my grandchildren.

And Lord may I proclaim you so that my grandchildren will know you as it states in Colossians 1:28 “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.”

Lord, I claim the promise in 1 Chronicles 28:20 that God is with me and will not fail me as I continue the work for the house of the Lord by talking with my grandchildren about their faith. “David also said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.’”

Lord, I claim the truth in Proverbs 17:6 that grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers. “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”

Precious Father, I claim the truth and promise in Psalm 103: 17-18  “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children-with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”

Dear Savior, please strengthen me with courage to use my time with my grandchildren as a means to plant and/or nurture the seeds of faith within them.

Help me to boldly share my faith story with them so that it might encourage them as they begin to explore their faith.

If there is resistance on the part of my grown children, please open their hearts to accept the gift of my faith for their children.

I claim courage and boldness about sharing my faith story with my grandchildren on a regular basis.

All of this I claim in Jesus’s name.  Amen.

About this Sharing Your Faith with Your Grandchild Prayer

Many of us spend time with our grandchildren playing games, reading to them or going on outings.  How many of us talk to them about our own faith on a regular basis?

Even if parents are regularly talking with their children about their faith in Jesus, a grandparent’s perspective is different.  Everyone has their own unique story.  The relationship between grandparent and grandchild could be an even stronger one when the grandparent is sharing about their faith journey.

With age comes wisdom, which can help to shape young lives.

We are called by God in Deuteronomy 4:9 to share our stories.  “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have been or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”

Deuteronomy 6: 2,7 also tells us that we must teach the next generation, “so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life…Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

I have begun discussing some life lessons with my grandchildren using my faith as a connecting thread.  In one instance, my granddaughter was asking about my deceased mother, her great-grandmother whom we called Nene and she said she talked to her sometimes.  (My mother died before my granddaughter was born.) I used that as a springboard to talk about prayer being a conversation with God. We talked about how comforting it is to know that Nene is in heaven.

I have found that they are eager, curious, and very willing to have discussions with me.

I encourage their questions and recognize that that’s how they are growing.

My grandchildren are all under the age of 10 and I look forward to talking and sharing with them for many years to come.

What the Experts Say About Sharing Your Faith with Your Grandchild 

In a study conducted by Lifeway Research, American adults between the ages of 23 and 30 were asked about their faith and church attendance.

The church dropout rate for young adults accelerates with age.

Sixty-nine percent say they were attending at age 17, then fell to 58% at 18 and 40% at 19.

Once they’re in their twenties around 1 in 3 say they’re attending regularly,

Overall, Protestant churches see many teenagers attending regularly, only for a season. “Many families just don’t attend that often,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research.

McConnell continued, “The reality is that Protestant churches continue to see the new generation walk away as young adults. Regardless of any external factors, the Protestant church is slowly shrinking from within.”

For those who stayed in church, they saw church as an important part of their entire life.

Around 4 in 10 (43%) say they wanted to follow the example of a parent or other family member.

According to Barna Group Research, it is encouraging to note that 65% of millennials surveyed felt that part of their faith means being a witness about Jesus.

The following is a chart of the percent of teens who say a member of their household or extended household does the following to share about their faith:

Encourages me to go to church                                   parent 80%/grandparent 70%

Sets an example                                                           parent 71%/grandparent 70%

Talks with me about God’s forgiveness                        parent 65%/grandparent 59%

Teaches me about the Bible                                         parent 60%/grandparent 55%

Teaches me about traditions                                       parent 62%/grandparent 65%

About 86% of US teens place a significant amount of trust in their households to learn about Jesus.

According Barna Group Research CEO, David Kinnaman, “Having a spiritual mentor is one of the strongest factors for helping young people develop a resilient faith-one that grows and sustains them over time and helps guide them toward meaning and purpose in life.”

Helpful Scriptures for Sharing Your Faith with Your Grandchild

Psalm 92: 12-15   The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “the Lord is upright, he is my Rock, and there e is no wickedness in him.”

Job 12:12 Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

Proverbs 16:31. Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 20:29. The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.

Psalm 37:30. The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.

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